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Smitten Golden Rye Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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1,788 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Café. The combination of sharp citrus & resinous flavors from the hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt contribution yield an interesting take on the American Pale Ale.

Added by Biggness on 06-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,280
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
1,788
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
364
Trade:
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,788 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of jshusc
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty basic honestly, I was expecting just a bit more. It was essentially a basic amber ale which isn't bad, it just wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped. I would probably get it again, it's a good summer beer but it isn't anything to necessarily write home about.

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Photo of JKG
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McHenry
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of couchsitta
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tweber78
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is light refreshing brew,with a hint of pine and rye in the nose. Crisp and easy to drink.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nichols33
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smitten pours a lively golden hue with a large creamy white head. It smells piney and tastes much the same, There are some straw and rye notes with the pine.

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Photo of Hopmeplease
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fmontana93
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass. Color is liquid gold, with two fingers of white rocky head that settles to one finger, still rocky, with sticky lacing. Lots of solid streams of carbonation. Aroma is sweet tea, rye malt, and light citrus notes. Taste is that of a crisp, clean rye ale with a slight grapefruit bite. Refreshing. A little high on the ABV for me to be a summer afternoon session ale, but otherwise would be perfect mowing or barbeque ale.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

All I got out of this one was the pine resin smell/taste. I must be missing something, because I didn't get any of the citrus notes, or tell much of a difference being a rye ale.

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of evergreen_machine
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Rye beer. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Grand-Raggedy
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not generally the style I prefer but defiantly worth the dollar a pint my corner store is selling them for. Much better than the predecessor Winter White Ale.

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Photo of rossracing
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmGM
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Look: clear golden
Smell: citrus, rye malt
Taste: sweet malts, citrus, a little grassy
Aftertaste: a bit bitter but a lighter bitter because of the citrus tones
Overall: it's okay...not really anything terribly special but it's pretty good

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Photo of jesticals
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biteme398
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nurt20
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,788 ratings
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